Cyclones earn Hoiberg first conference win

ISU men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg can rest a little easier Saturday night thanks to the shooting of Scott Christopherson and Jamie Vanderbeken.

Those two players were a part of a Cyclone offensive attack that knocked down 14 three-pointers in a 72-57 win over a Baylor team that had been ranked most of the season.

The win not only gives the Cyclones (14-4, 1-2 Big 12) their first conference win but it is also Hoiberg's first conference win as a head coach.

"I will sleep a little better after this one because you just beat yourself up about what you could have done in the first two," Hoiberg said. "We continue to stress that, if you play with that effort every night, the wins will come."

Vanderbeken scored a game-high 21 points, hitting seven of eight shots from beyond the arc, including going 5-5 in the second half. Christopherson also knocked down five treys and scored 17 points, while point guard Diante Garrett had a field day finding open shooters, scoring 16 points and dishing out 11 assists.

"It was just one of those days," Vanderbeken said. "It was like throwing a rock into the ocean."

Hoiberg said the ability to take the Bears (12-4, 2-1) out of their 2-3 zone defensively was one of the keys to the win.

"We got the mismatches we wanted and spaced the floor perfectly," Hoiberg said. "Diante's decision making was off the charts, and Jamie and Scott got it going."

Baylor got out of the gate quickly, hitting four three-pointers of its own on the way to a 22-14 lead. The Cyclones were able to score the next seven points, however, to get within one point. Iowa State then went on an 8-0 run late in the half to take a seven-point lead into the break.

"They started the game six of eight, but after that, we started playing our principles and helping off the right guys," Hoiberg said." I was scared the way they were dominating the glass early, but all five guys got in there and made a collective effort, which allowed us to get out and run."

Baylor pulled within one early in the second half but Christopherson and Vanderbeken both knocked down threes to help re-extend the lead to nine. Vanderbeken knocked down two more trifectas in a decisive 14-2 run, which made it 69-53 and put the game out of reach.

"We just kept playing," Garrett said. "We were playing with poise and being smart and not taking any plays off," Garrett said.

Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn, who led Baylor with 20 points, said his team did not execute its defensive game plan.

"We knew they had some shooters on their team and we had to stop them," Dunn said.

After consecutive home games, Iowa State goes on the road twice next week, going to Oklahoma State on Wednesday and Missouri on Saturday.

"Our crowd was phenomenal again," Hoiberg said. "That's two games in a row that they definitely made a difference."

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